Saturday, 26 April 2014

Xboxed to DEATH, UK

This is starting to become an all too common thing. Take for instance a 20 year-old  Xbox addict killed by blood clot after a 12-hour gaming session. That's a long time being sedentary! Blood clot victim, Chris Staniforth, 20, died after spending up to 12 hours at a time playing on his Xbox.

The gaming enthusiast suffered a blockage to his lungs when he developed deep vein thrombosis – commonly associated with passengers on long haul flights where they are relatively immobile for hours on end.

Avid gamer: Chris Staniforth was passionate
about computers posting this picture on his
Myspace account three years ago.
Chris, an avid player of popular games such as Halo collapsed after an interview at a JobCentre while telling a friend he’d been experiencing peculiar pains in his chest. He explained how he was woken in the night by a ‘strange feeling’ in his chest and that his heart rate was incredibly low, although this returned to normal and he fell back to sleep.

Chris’ heartbroken father, David told The Sun, ‘As a parent you think playing computer games can’t do them any harm because you know what they are doing. ‘Kids all over the country are playing these games for long periods - they don’t realise it could kill them.’ The serious gamer would play people from all over the world and owned an entire range of consoles including a Playstation.

He had hoped to have a career in computers and was offered a place to study Game Design at Leicester University.

To prevent other parents from suffering the same pain as he is, David has launched a campaign to raise awareness about DVT and computer games.

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